Dr Christa Lam-Cassettari

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Infant Studies

Research Program: Speech and Language


Christa Lam-Cassettari is a Researcher in Infant Studies with MARCS BabyLab at Western Sydney University. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) and PhD degrees from Western Sydney University. Lam-Cassettari investigates quantitative and qualitative differences in infant-directed speech (IDS) input and the role of IDS in supporting early language development. Her main interests are investigating social-emotional and language development in children from 0-5 years of age, without or with hearing loss. Other research interests include differences in parent-child interactions with mothers and fathers, the effect of postnatal depression on parent-child communication and emotional expression, and the role of family centered early interventions in improving child outcomes.

Dr Christa Lam-Cassettari's research focuses on factors that affect early language acquisition, including the role of infant-directed speech in supporting early communication, and the extent to which infant responsiveness shapes caregiver responsiveness and the quality of speech input. Her work includes infants with normal hearing and hearing-loss, children with additional needs, and families affected by postnatal depression.

Lam-Cassettari completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Nottingham Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing, and Nottingham University (UK) to investigate the effects of a psychosocial video-feedback intervention on parent-child communication in the context of congenital child hearing-impairment. She also attained Phase 2 accreditation in the delivery of the video feedback intervention that enhances parent-child communication in families, and is currently completing her Phase 3 accreditation in Video-interaction Guidance.

Research Interests

  • Infant-directed speech (IDS)
  • Production and perception of emotion in IDS
  • Language Development
  • Postnatal depression
  • Parent-child interaction
  • Emotional availability
  • Early interventions
  • Infant hearing loss

Qualifications and Honours

  • PhD, Psychology, MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University, Australia
  • Bachelor of Psychology, Honours Class 1. Western Sydney University, Australia
  • Video Interaction Guidance, Phase 2 accredited

Past Positions

  • Postdoctoral Research Officer, MARCS Institute BabyLab, Western Sydney University (2012-2014)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-2012), National Institute of Health Research Nottingham Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Tutor (Biological Psychology and Perceptual Processes, 2008, 2009, 2010), School of Psychology, Western Sydney University.
  • Tutor (Human Learning and Cognition, 2007), School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University.

Full Publications

For a full listing of my publications, please see my Google Scholar page (opens in a new window).

Contact Christa

Phone+61 2 9772 6276
LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)